Texas politicians trade barbs on school lesson plans

Texas politicians trade barbs on school lesson plans
Michael Cavazos
Monday, August 26, 2013 - 7:18am

A tea party-backed state senator and more-moderate board of education member traded increasingly heated barbs Saturday night, debating a school lesson plan system that has become so politically charged it could shape next year’s Texas Republican primary.

Addressing a raucous Tyler crowd of about 250 people who seemed evenly divided on the issue, Houston Sen. Dan Patrick argued the online system known as CSCOPE was created illegally and contains anti-American and anti-Christian lessons. Thomas Ratliff, the education board’s Republican vice chairman, countered that the lessons weren’t biased and that small districts across the state need CSCOPE to ensure they adhere to all curriculum requirements. 

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